DVCTVS is the result of the co-operation of the four institutions which in June 2009 signed an agreement with the purpose of promoting the study of the two most important papyrological collections in Spain. The Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, the Abadia de Montserrat and the Companyia de Jesús in Catalonia joined their efforts in order to support scientific work on the papyrological funds of Montserrat and those in the Palau-Ribes collection, housed at the Arxiu Històric de la Companyia de Jesús a Catalunya.
DVCTVS is nonetheless born with the intention to host all papyrological funds in Spain. Our project, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, intends to include in our database the whole of the papyrological material which both public and private institutions and particulars may wish to facilitate for its study.
This is what we do and what we offer through this papyrological portal
- Cataloguing the material: we register the information relative to the pieces in a digital catalogue, which is free and open to the specialised and the general public.
- Digitizing the images: we have installed the equipment necessary for photographying at each of the two sites of the two main collections, but we also have a mobile set which allows us to digitize other materials in situ, according to the international standards practiced in imaging papyri.
Although in the last instance it is always for the owners of the material to decide on the accessibility of the digitized images, it is normal practice to make them public and available free of charge, provided that their use is restricted to private research and/or teaching purposes, and that the papyri have already been published. However, it is in any case always necessary to ask the owner for written permission in order to reproduce or publish the digital image.
- Digitizing the text: already published texts are encoded in XML, following our model, which is based on a TEI (Text Encoding Initiative Consortium) recommended schema. Texts are thus included in the our digital corpus, where it is possible to perform searches for strings of characters.
DVCTVS is an ongoing project: although there is a considerable number of records in the catalogue, many papyri have not yet been included, for the cataloguing process of the collections has not been concluded. Besides, we are about to incorporate new material, such as the collection of the Fundación Pastor de Estudios Clásicos in Madrid. This is why we are especially interested in your collaboration; whether you wish new information about other papyrological funds, public or private, to be included in DVCTVS, or just want to give us your comments and opinion about our database, we will be very grateful to you if you contact us.